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I am trying to go through a design using the new IBC 2000 and I have a question regarding Equation 16-28 (page 357).  I thought I understood what they were doing until I read "D = The effect of dead load".  Is this correct or was it meant to be "The effective dead load"?  I guess it is a similar question for "QE = The effect of horizontal seismic forces".  If it is correct as written, I don't think I understand the formulas.
Thanks in advance for your help,
Kenneth S. Peoples, P. E.
Lehigh Valley Technical Associates
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